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Jennifer

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Lilburn, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (583)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Expectations were too high"
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    *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT*

    I may have had too much expectation with this one. If you've been reading my reviews of all the books in this series, you will know that i was particularly looking forward to this book, as Season 5 of the television show is the Season I began discovering Dexter. So far, i could see how each season was LOOSELY related to each book.

    I guess i expected to meet the Trinity killer in this book. Instead I am presented with a Dexter who suddenly sees life through new eyes after the birth of his baby girl, Lilianne. So the book becomes mostly Dexter's internal struggle to want to give up his "hobby" and be the best Dad he can be, as well as an upstanding citizen.

    This isn't exactly the type of sentiment I've come to expect from Dear Old Dutiful Dexter!

    As far as peformance goes, Nick Landrum is apparently no longer narrating these books, the author himself is reading them. He doesn't do a *bad* job, per se, but he's not as good as Landrum. He needs to be a bit more sinister and a bit more animated. And, it has to be said, his "characters" are awful.

    That's alright, I am confident Double Dexter (Book 6) will redeem itself!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (2418)
    Story
    (2435)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Kind of dry, really"
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    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I watched the NetFlix TV series first season and am, admittedly, on the edge of my seat for the second season to start this coming Friday, but this is one of the very few books I have to say I enjoyed the big screen version much better! The story is really quite dry, and really quite mild, considering it's a prison story. I have known people in prison. Granted, the people I have known weren't at Danbury minimum security, so I realize that the violent stories I've heard couldn't compare. But this book practically makes the whole thing out to be like an extended summer camp! (Spoiler alert) When she's transferred briefly to another prison, then it starts to feel a little more realistic, but still much milder than what I expected. When the show says it's "based" on this book, they aren't kidding! It's VERY *loosely* "based" on this book. I often found myself wondering as I was listening how anyone even thought to themselves, "Gee, I bet this would make a great television show!" and then took the time to seek out the proper people to bring that to fruition. I'm glad they did... Because I will continue to watch the show! :) Long story short, if you have seen the show, stick with the show. If you haven't, by all means, check it out! But I would leave the book behind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (881)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Jacqueline says: "Horror Mixed With Humor"
    "Toto, we're not in Showtime anymore!"
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    Well, I'm certainly growing to like this Dexter (as opposed to the one I know and love from Showtime). He's like the TV Dexter "squared." Funnier, darker, yet more clueless at the same tine. Even some of the peripheral characters are more intensified. Can't say much more without ruining a few surprises if you've only seen the show up to now. But the differences sure are entertaining!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (557)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "VERY abstract"
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    This one got a lot of terrible reviews, and I can see why. The book itself has a VERY abstract plot, and there is a lot of abstract writing mingling with Dexter daily life. One needs to approach this book with an open mind. I personally didn't mind the change in writing style, and I think I understand the author's intent when you consider the entire series as a whole. You have to build that background! But it's risky to change your style like that and then just swap back.

    However, I will say that there were some surprising plot twists here that never made it to Showtime! Like, interesting enough that I'm officially riveted - waiting to see how this will pan out! I just can't say anything more without risking a spoiler or two!

    So I guess it's official! Falling for this Dexter as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (656)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "He's winning me over!"
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    Okay, I think I may officially be hooked on this Dexter (vs. the Showtime Dexter). The overall story line has some pretty drastic differences, and they are quickly becoming plot lines I want to get to the conclusions of! I originally began watching with Season 5, and went back and watched 1-4 after. So the next book should be where I initially came in - very excited about this! :)

    I want to compare these plot differences so much! But I don't want to include any spoilers in my review. I can say that this Dexter's sense of humor is only getting better with time, and I have to catch myself from literally laughing out loud when I'm listening to my audiobooks in public! In fact, his sarcastic, smart-ass attitude is SO exaggerated I'm having a hard time imagining him looking anything like Michael C. Hall! Yes, it's safe to say that this Dexter has officially established himself in my mind as a separate entity and I love it!

    Dark humor, comedy, sarcasm, and a great story are all here. If you can laugh at the dark humor, this series is for you!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (635)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observĀ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tolĀ­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "I think I like this Dexter better than Showtime's"
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    Okay, this (if you can imagine) had this "feel good" feel to it after I was done.

    That being said, the climax part was really UBER cheesy, and really quite "un-Dexter-like." I'd have to say that this one, out of all six, had me feeling the largest range of emotions as I listened to it. Anticipation, fear, happy, relieved, the whole spectrum is there. And I love this Dexter even more now, I think, than Showtime's Dexter. Although it's messing with my head a bit, knowing the series is about to start it's next season, and the relationships (particularly that between Dexter and his sister, Deborah) are so very different between the books and the show.

    I can say that I'm DEFINITELY looking for the next Dexter by Jeff Lindsay now! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (588)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "A little Pro, a little Con"
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    I took a bit of a break from the series for a few months, because they were starting to feel repetitive to me. I'm glad I did! Roarke and Eve seem "fresh" yet "familiar" to me. And I was anxious to see what kind of trouble they could get into now....

    First, the sex scenes are getting more glossed over, which is really a bit more true-to-life, anyway, don't you think? Eve & Roarke have been married for almost 2 years now. In the last several books the sex scenes were frequent, and really rather harsh and raw. C'mon... NO woman wants it like that ALL the time, and not many men out there would even want to keep up that pace for that long. So this is more like it :) Yeah, they are still in love, yeah, the sex is still super hot, and yeah, they like to bang each other on a fairly regular basis. But we, the audience, are really just catching their afterglows now.

    Something I DON'T like, that I thought was just a one-time thing that happened a few books back, and has now become something of a norm at least once in every book since, is how Eve has stopped having nightmares (that part is a good thing....) but that her dreams are now becoming somewhat prophetic.

    Really? Eve? A psychic? NOT! I can appreciate the subconscious working the facts out during sleeptime (good grief, does she EVER stop working?), but there have been more than one occasion where something very small will happen or be said in her dreams that is not based on her investigation to date, and is more prophetic. Seems a bit on the campy side for our practical-no-nonsense Lieutenant....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You've Been Warned

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Kristin Burns is making her way in New York City. Her photos are being considered at a major Manhattan gallery, she works by day with two wonderful children, and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. But just as everything she's ever wanted is finally within reach, her life changes forever with one murderous nightmare.

    Kathleen says: "Stay Away"
    "Will get into your head..."
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    I read (listened to) this book several years ago. Normally I wouldn't dream of writing a review for a book I read so long ago, as I wouldn't trust my memory to accurately convey anything other than maybe a general feeling.

    But this is the kind of book that gets in your head, and doesn't leave. Ever. I have read dozens of James Patterson novels. To be perfectly honest, most of them have run together, melded, and overlapped in my head so that I could hardly tell you what's what, or even which ones I have or haven't read! (He cranks them out so quickly!) But this one? I remember VERY clearly, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.

    It's such a unique story with such an unusual approach, I am hesitant to even try to describe the plot. I think I will simply say that it's a tale about deception, infidelity, obsession, and having to endure the ultimate punishment for one's own actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creation in Death: In Death, Book 25

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (512)

    Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

    Mary Kelley Oakley says: "Fantastic as usual."
    "Interesting Twist"
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    This installment of the series takes a different approach. In "Creation," we are brought back to a case Eve worked on LONG before we, as readers, ever met her. So we are getting more of a glimpse into her past, and not just the ugly parts we've already heard over and over again. This time we get to hear about her training, her mentoring, and some of the experiences she had that lead her to her well-earned Lieutenant's badge. You know, some of the GOOD times!

    I gave it four stars because, well, this one creeped me out moreso than the others. On another day, I might have given it five stars just BECAUSE it creeped me out more. Either way, it's a valuable addition to the series and the characters we have all grown to love so much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salvation in Death: In Death, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (543)

    As Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed the unholy act of murdering a priest. Until a second murder, in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers, knocks the whole investigation sideways.

    Share Faerber says: "Another Winner"
    "Might be stretching our Suspension of Disbelief"
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    Well, there's always a theme to these books. After some 30 books, though, a theme would be necessary for any of us to keep them all straight!

    This one is centered around religion, faith, and the church. The plot turns out to be a bit TOO convoluted for my taste. (Don't worry - no spoilers here!) One of the things I have always loved about this series is that, with the exception of a few futuristic devices, and the sheer volume of drama that befalls our heroine, it's 100% believeable!

    But in the end our plot, plan, and motive tuns out to be extremely intricate and somewhat forced, really. Generally speaking, people just aren't that complicated! And their motives are usually less so.

    Didin't stop me from squeezing in every minute I could to finish it, though...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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